Humantay Lake Tour, Salkantay Route

Humantay Lake Cusco, Salkantay Route Full Day


45.00 USD$
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Embark on an unforgettable tour to the Humantay Lake, also known as the “Humantay Turquoise Lake.” Experience a scenic hike towards this stunning turquoise lagoon nestled in the heart of the Humantay mountain. During this tour, you will visit the impressive Humantay Lagoon and be mesmerized by the breathtaking views over the majestic Andes mountain range.

  • Duration: Full day
  • Frecuency: Every day, pre-booking
  • Group: Min 10, Máx 18 people
  • What Includes?: Tourist transport bus, Official guide, Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Drop-off (ends in the city center).

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Summary Humantay Lake Tour

Humantay Lake is an incredibly stunning place situated amongst imposing snow-capped mountains that form part of the Cordillera in the Andes. The majestic, snowy Salkantay and Humantay mountains thaw, giving birth to the splendid Humantay Lake. After your visit on the Humantay Lake Tour, you will never see nature the same way again. The flora and fauna will be perfectly preserved in your breathtaking photos, and your body will thank you for the 100% pure oxygen.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am in our van to head northeast of Cusco where you will be provided with blankets and a brief explanation about the trip. While traveling along the route of the Humantay Lake Tour, we will pass through different towns until we reach Limatambo (Valley of the Flowers).

From this point, we will ascend towards Mollepata. On the way, we will stop at the viewpoint of Markahuasi in order to observe the archaeological remains named after the point. The bilingual tour guide will enamor you with detailed information about the ruins before we continue our journey that will take us through an estate which was once owned by one of the former presidents of Perú, David Samanez Ocampo.

We will then arrive in the village of Mollepata where you will enjoy an appetizing American-style breakfast at the Salkantay House, which is adorned with an incredible view. From there, we shall continue our journey by car to Soraypampa. During the trip on the Humantay Lake Tour, the guide will point out indigenous flora and fauna and provide information on the local customs. Upon arriving at the starting point of our hike in Soraypampa, our guide will explain the correct way to walk at those heights, the total time of travel, and the distance that will be covered.

You will also be provided with snacks and walking canes to assist you during your trek. The hike lasts about an hour and a half, and at its conclusion, you will arrive at the beautiful crystal blue lake, which is surrounded by the breathtaking snow-capped Humantay and Salkantay mountains. After a short rest, we will return via the same route until we reach Soraypampa.

Once back at the Salkantay House in Mollepata, you will have the chance to enjoy an excellent Creole buffet lunch. To conclude the Humantay Lake Tour, we will visit the Salkantay House museum before returning to Cusco. The Humantay Lake Tour is not just a trek but a holistic experience that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and historical insights, ensuring a memorable adventure for every traveler.


Full Itinerary Humantay Lake Tour

  • 4:30 hotel pick-up
  • 4:45 departure for Mollepata
  • On the way, we will pass through Limatambo which has a cozy, warm climate.
  • From there, we will continue until we reach Mollepata, passing by the archaeological ruins of Markahausi, Andean Inca terraces and a variety of crops.
  • A small stop at the estate once belonging to David Samanes Ocampo (former President of the Republic 1930-1931)
  • Arrive to the town of Mollepata (2,900 masl). This town is named this due the amount of the Molle plantations.
  • American breakfast (eggs to order, homemade bread, fruit salad, juices, teas and more) at the Salkantay House (with a stunning view)
  • After a delicious breakfast, we will continue to Soraypampa while observing the gradual changes in the ecosystem.
  • We will arrive to Soraypampa, the starting point of the hike to Humantay Lake.
  • We will begin with a small ceremony to the Apus or the “Guardian Mountains”.
  • Enjoy the turquoise-colored waters upon our arrival to Humantay Lake (4,100 masl)
  • Visit to Humantay Mountain followed by a short break
  • Return to Soraypampa – Mollepata
  • Creolo-style lunch buffet
  • Weaving demonstrations and guided tour of the museum in the House of Mollepata
  • Return to the city of Cusco
  • Arrive to Cusco by 5:00 pm.

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Included Humantay Trek

  • American breakfast
  • Creole lunch
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Walking canes
  • Snacks
  • First-aid equipment
  • Entrance tickets



  • Acclimatize to the Altitude: Spend at least two days in Cusco to acclimatize to the high altitude before embarking on the Humantay Trek to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Dress in Layers: The weather can vary greatly, so wear layers that you can easily add or remove. Include a waterproof jacket, warm clothing, and a hat.
  • Wear Comfortable Hiking Shoes: Ensure you have sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes with good grip to handle the rocky and uneven terrain.
  • Pack Light: Bring a small backpack with essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially at high altitudes.
  • Bring Snacks: Pack high-energy snacks such as nuts, fruits, and energy bars to keep your energy levels up during the hike.
  • Use Sunscreen: The sun at high altitudes can be intense, so apply sunscreen generously and reapply as needed.
  • Carry Walking Sticks: Walking sticks can be very helpful for balance and support, especially on steep sections of the trail.
  • Take it Slow: Pace yourself and take breaks as needed. The altitude can make the hike more challenging.
  • Listen to Your Guide: Pay attention to the advice and information provided by your guide. They are experienced and knowledgeable about the trail and conditions.
  • Respect Nature: Follow Leave No Trace principles. Do not litter, and be respectful of the natural environment.
  • Capture the Moments: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the stunning scenery, but remember to also enjoy the experience without the lens.
  • Be Prepared for Weather Changes: Weather in the mountains can change quickly. Be prepared for rain, wind, or sudden temperature drops.
  • Know Your Limits: If you feel unwell at any point, let your guide know. It’s important to prioritize your health and safety.
  • Enjoy the Experience: Take the time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the journey, not just the destination. The Humantay Tour is as much about the hike as it is about the lake itself.

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    Frequently asked questions about the Humantay Lake Tour

    What is the Laguna Humantay Tour?

    The Humantay Lake Tour is an excursion that takes travelers to discover the stunning turquoise lake located in the Peruvian Andes, near the famous Inca Trail. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy nature and the scenic beauty of the region.

    Where is Humantay Lake located?

    Laguna Humantay is located in the Cusco region of Peru, in the heart of the Andes. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters above sea level, making it a perfect destination for trekking and nature lovers.

    How long does the Humantay Lake Tour last?

    The Laguna Humantay Tour typically lasts a full day, with an approximate duration of 10 to 12 hours. This includes transportation time from Cusco to the start of the trail, the hike to the lagoon, time to enjoy the scenery, and the return to Cusco.

    What is the difficulty level of the hike to Humantay Lake?

    The hike to Humantay Lake is considered moderate in difficulty. The trail has some steep parts, and the high altitude air can make the hike more challenging for some people. It is recommended to be in good physical condition and take precautions to avoid altitude sickness.

    What should I bring on the Humantay Lake Tour?

    It is important to wear comfortable and appropriate hiking clothing, including layers to adapt to temperature changes. Additionally, it is recommended to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat or cap, and some snacks for the journey.

    Is any kind of permit required to visit Laguna Humantay?

    No special permit is required to visit Laguna Humantay as part of an organized tour. However, it is important to be accompanied by an authorized guide and to respect local regulations and the environment during the visit.

    Is it safe to visit Humantay Lake?

    Yes, in general, it is safe to visit Humantay Lake as long as you follow the guide’s recommendations and take basic precautions, such as staying hydrated and walking carefully on the mountainous terrain.

    Can you swim in Humantay Lake?

    It is not recommended to swim in Humantay Lake due to the low water temperatures and its altitude. Additionally, the lagoon holds significant cultural importance for local communities, so it is important to respect it without disturbing its environment.

    What is the best time of year to do the Humantay Lake Tour?

    The best time to do the Humantay LakeTour is during the dry season in Peru, which runs from May to September. During these months, the weather is usually more stable, and there is less chance of rain, making the hike easier and offering clearer views of the lagoon.

    Can you take photographs at Humantay Lake?

    Absolutely! Humantay Lake offers stunning landscapes that are perfect for taking photographs. It is recommended to bring a camera or mobile phone to capture the unforgettable moments of this unique nature experience.

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